Coast Shelter News
Christmas at Coast Shelter has grown to become an exciting time, not only for our 120 residents but also for the many people who attend our free Christmas lunch in the Donnison Street Restaurant. Living, Sanitarium and of course, Central Coast Community Chest. These gifts worked their magic by reminding our clients in our refuges and the Restaurant that they are not forgotten at this busy time of year.
Our mission is to support, advocate for and assist those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, while providing transitional accommodation, food, assistance and programs to move people towards independence.
SANTA IS ALIVE AND WELL!
distributed 2,008 hampers! To make so many hampers, Santa and his elves have developed a well organised workshop. To see all of the volunteers and their production line under the direction of Pastors Paul and Sandra Piefke and supported by “supervisor extraordinaire” David Wooley is really something to behold. On “Delivery Day”, and in pouring rain, the massive operation continued. Warren filled in as Traffic Director and has now been approached by the NSW Police Department to control all major events in the region. What is not known about the Christmas Hamper Appeal, is that all the hampers distributed by St Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army, Area Health, Neighbourhood Centres and welfare agencies in the Region are all made and donated by Coast Shelter.
Gosford RSL Leisure Living
Teri and Bob were so thankful Santa was also working for the hard work and dedication around the clock to coordinate of our volunteers who helped out in the Restaurant on Christmas Day. Welcomed amongst these volunteers was Julie Praestiin who throughout the year coordinated Sanitarium’s donation of $18,000 for the Sanitarium Community House Christmas Hamper Appeal Program and also the ongoing donation of food items the annual Christmas Hamper Appeal. Four years ago we for the Restaurant. joined with the House of Praise As Santa arrived in the to make and distribute 700 Restaurant on Christmas Day, he hampers, the following year we told us that he had received made 1,100, then 1,500. Last numerous donations of year for 2008, with the help of Christmas presents from all the our supporters Sanitarium and good boys and girls at ADC Mars Foods, we made and Krone, Gosford RSL Leisure
ADC Krone Christmas Hamper Appeal
Coast Shelter Office: Rear 97 Donnison Street (PO Box 1234) Gosford NSW 2250 www.coastshelter.org.au Phone: (02) 4325 3540 Referral: (02) 4324 7239
Celebrating our Friends
Over one hundred and fifty supporters, volunteers and friends of Coast Shelter gathered at the Central Coast Leagues Club to celebrate another year of high performance and outstanding support. presented Coast Shelter with a generous donation which they were able to raise at their Charity Trivia Night. Also receiving special recognition throughout the presentation was Central Coast Leagues Club, Clubs NSW (Central Coast Region), Sanitarium Health Food Company, Mars Foods, Quay West Magenta Shores, Rotary, Lions, Lioness and the Century Challenge Bike Tour (Erina Rotary). community members and contributed so generously to the Service throughout the past year. He pointed out that although there had been no increase in base funding from the State Government, the Service welcomed the promised support from the Prime Minister and the outstanding contributions from the corporate sector, Gosford City Council and the hundreds of individual donors and volunteers.
Left to right: Julie, John & Robyn, Laurie and Carol
Hosted by Gavin Shepherd (President) and his Board, an atmosphere of camaraderie and community oneness was As part of the day, our shared as we socialised and Executive swapped stories from the past Officer Laurie year. Maher, Warren Price, from The congratulated Fundraisers’ Friend, gave an all the staff, outstanding and informative volunteers and presentation which supporters recognised all of our who had supporters, volunteers and worked service delivery partners. together to help record Special thanks was given to numbers of The ORS Group Gosford who fellow
Peter and Elwyn
John Graham, local branch manager of the Commonwealth Bank presenting a cheque to Coast Shelter President, Gavin Shepherd and Director, Rusty Wallis
Which Bank is a Good Sport?
Coast Shelter has been a Community Recreation successful in receiving a Program for our clients. $10,000 Commonwealth Bank The Program supports youth Local Community Grant to fund and children living in Coast Shelter’s crisis refuges so that they can participate in local sport and recreational activities. For many of our clients, the opportunity to participate in community such activities is often a very low priority because of the financial strains associated with being homeless. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to offer our children and youth ‘time out’ from the sometimes traumatic and stressful period of living in crisis accommodation. At the same time we hope it will positively improve their health, well‐ being, self esteem, social skills and personal development . Perhaps we will discover a potential Mariner or Storm player in our midst and if our residents can’t reach these illustrious heights, the main objective is that they enjoy themselves.
Newcastle Permanent serves up support
the marketing team from Newcastle Permanent recently volunteered in The Newcastle Permanent the Charitable Foundation has Restaurant. All supported the Donnison Street eight staff Restaurant since 2006 totalling members $126,000. spent the day This support, along with the cooking and 400 plus dedicated volunteers serving meals from local Church and and all agreed the constant community groups, allows us work the volunteers put into to provide in excess of 60,000 the Restaurant is inspiring. free meals each year. As the Donnison Street In addition to this support, Restaurant receives no Coast Shelter’s Donnison Street Restaurant is $42,000 better off thanks to the Newcastle Permanent Building Society.
Newcastle Permanent staff volunteering in the Restaurant
government funding, the support we receive from our friends at Newcastle Permanent is absolutely essential.
The road to reducing homelessness
On 21 December 2008, the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek , released the Australian Government's White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home which sets the strategic agenda for reducing homelessness by 2020. With $800 million to be spent on preventing and reducing homelessness and a further $400 million to increase the amount of affordable and supported Federal Parliamentary representatives to take leadership and establish a The Central Coast has really Regional approach to address been left behind in the the chronic homelessness provision of social problem in our community. infrastructure over the years There are quite a number of and with the gloomy support programs on the predictions for the economy Central Coast, but with this and in particular new funding, a comprehensive unemployment in 2009, Mr regionally coordinated Rudd’s announcement is very program will make all the timely. difference and the importance While detailed plans are yet of this cannot be emphasised to be released, this is a enough. wonderful opportunity for our housing, Christmas had come early for those in need.
Australian Government's White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home
Calendar of Events
21st February ‐ Fundraising BBQ in aid of Coast Shelter ‐ For further details phone John Gleeson on 4329 7724 March ‐ 24 May ‐ Homeless Sleep Out ‐ Details still to be confirmed The Century Challenge Bike Tour, Rotary Club of Erina see www.rotaryerina.org.au/cycle_tour.php To join this list please contact Gavin on 0408 871 172.